- Some of Hunt's most popular poems are "Jenny kiss'd Me", "Abou Ben Adhem" (1834) and "A Night-Rain in Summer". Hunt maintained close friendships with both Keats and Shelley. Financial help from Shelley saved Hunt from ruin.
Leigh Hunt, prolific poet, essayist, and journalist, was a central figure of the Romantic movement in England. He produced a large body of poetry in a variety of forms: narrative poems, satires, poetic dramas, odes, epistles, sonnets, short lyrics, and translations from Greek, Roman, Italian, and French poems.
the golden plate-when lo! at his finger's first touch it changed to basest lead! All stood aghast; but when the hapless claimant dropt it clanging on the floor, Heaven's guerdon was again transformed to shining gold. So for another twelve month sat he priests and judged. Thrice they awarded-thrice did Heaven refuse the gift.
Rondeau by Leigh Hunt | Poetry Foundation Back to Previous Rondeau By Leigh Hunt Jenny kissed me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in: Say I'm weary, say I'm sad, Say that health and wealth have missed me, Say I'm growing old, but add, Jenny kissed me.
By Leigh Hunt Jenny kiss’d me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in! Say I’m weary, say I’m sad, Say that health and wealth have miss’d me, Say I’m growing old, but add, Jenny kiss’d me. More Poems by Leigh Hunt Song of Fairies Robbing an Orchard A Thought of the Nile
By Leigh Hunt Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold:— Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the presence in the room he said,